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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition | [Anne Frank]

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.
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Publisher's Summary

More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best-seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

©2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions....There may be no better way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructive nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Laura Kreitzer Lake Malone 09-24-14
    Laura Kreitzer Lake Malone 09-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Laura

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    "Eloquently Written"

    It feels wrong, somehow, rating Anne's diary, but she was truly a very complex, interesting, and insightful young girl. Every time she spoke about her future, I was crushed knowing she never got one.
    I would recommend this to everyone, young and old.

    Selma Blair did a fantastic job narrating, giving the right amount of emphasis for how a teenage girl might actually talk.

    Some have said they don't understand what was so horrific about the book, or how they hated Anne being a teenager and saying, many times, that no one truly knows her or "understands" her. Here's the truth: I don't think anyone in the annex really did know her, and only after the war ended did her father get to see insight into his daughter's emotions and internal turmoil. What's so horrific about this story is how it abruptly ends. The fact the 8 Jews in the annex had to hide from the world just to stay alive. That, in the end, it was all for naught. What's so horrific is the terrible way they died, and for no reason whatsoever.

    Those who gave negative reviews seem to not have grasped the point of Anne's story. They focus too much on it being a diary of a young girl and less on the reality of her situation. Juxtapose her life with what was going on in the world. How her being Jewish didn't make her any different than any other teenage girl. Her religion, race, wasn't who she was. THAT'S the point. She was brave, naive, an autodidactic, and had hopes and dreams. Maybe some of the naysayers out there should take a page from Anne's diary and try to live it. Tell me how it was terrifying and horrific. Because, guess what, it was.

    I wish she had survived to continue her stories. I imagine her to be a writer with rich and challenging writing that would make you think. Her loss is unimaginable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arn M. 08-23-14
    Arn M. 08-23-14

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    "Powerful..."
    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to go back in time to tell her before she died, "Don't worry, you'll be known and loved as the great writer you always dreamed of being from this time immemorial." I wish she at least knew that before the world lost her.

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    Jomsweet 07-15-14
    Jomsweet 07-15-14
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    What made the experience of listening to Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl the most enjoyable?

    The history of depresion and suffering during a world war along with starvation and all the humiliation along with the fact that is a true story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne Frant because of her courage and understanding of everything going on around her




    What does Selma Blair bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The many Perils of war


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The misunderstanding of people towards one to another


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kristin 06-25-14
    kristin 06-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl to be better than the print version?

    This is my first time reading completely through an Anne Frank book.... It kept my attention!


    What other book might you compare Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl to and why?

    NA


    Have you listened to any of Selma Blair’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book I felt sadness for her, her family and friends. It helped me get a better understanding of who Anne Frank was and what she experienced. Her voice is so pleasant and fits Anne well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn C. 01-12-14
    Lynn C. 01-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Every book I read takes me on a vacation and helps me understand this wonderful and complex world in which we live.

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    "Anne Frank - Superwoman!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl to be better than the print version?

    Selma Blair gave life to Anne Frank in a way that just reading the book myself might not have.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was engrossed from the very beginning and couldn't stop listening while I worked in my studio. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank, was so open and raw. As fate would have it, Anne received a diary for her birthday and began writing just before her family went into hiding. As the years progressed in the secret annex, so did Anne's wisdom -- far above her age. Her perspective on the war, the atrocities of human suffering, and the depth of her appreciation of those who helped her family were so moving. She rarely complained about being bored and tried to keep a positive attitude. In the end, her ideas on peace and war seem so simple, yet so true. What really struck me though, was a few of her comments about why she was writing the diary... no one would ever read it... its boring... it will never amount to anything. When in reality, her words have touched millions of people the world over. If she only knew... if she only knew.


    Which character – as performed by Selma Blair – was your favorite?

    Selma Blair did a fabulous job portraying the words and feelings of Anne Frank. She was amazing!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't think anyone could read/listen to this book and not have an extreme reaction. The horrific time in our history is just that... horrific, but needs to be shared.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dani Williamsville, New York, United States 10-22-13
    Dani Williamsville, New York, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Gut wrenching, happy, painful"
    If you could sum up Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome
    Painful
    Love


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl?

    When she kisses pater!


    What about Selma Blair’s performance did you like?

    The fact she sounded Anne Frank herself!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I couldn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike San Diego, CA, United States 09-22-13
    Mike San Diego, CA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderfully read, very compelling and sad."
    If you could sum up Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl in three words, what would they be?

    She was the typical teenager


    What did you like best about this story?

    How difficult it must be to live in such a small area with 8 others


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle BURKBURNETT, TX, United States 07-04-13
    Danielle BURKBURNETT, TX, United States 07-04-13

    Hard working woman who loves to listen while she works. Makes the days pass quicker. I love a good book.

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    "Wonderful Classic"

    Classic book. Surprised me how the things this girl experiences were so like girls of today. Ending brought tears to my eyes. Loved this book

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    Carrie United States 03-05-13
    Carrie United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "New view of an old book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I read this book many years ago and this version was different than the Anne Frank of my youth. I thought the story was very moving and listening to Anne's story as an adult and mother made me see it a bit differently. Even though we know the end to the story, listening to Anne just talk about being a teenager was very relatable. I remember feeling some of the same things that Anne describes and that in turn made me think about my own teenage daughter and some of the things she may be thinking and feeling. The times have changed, but so much of it is still relevent.


    What about Selma Blair’s performance did you like?

    She had great inflection and in my mind was Anne


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-29-12
    Danielle Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Amazing that this was written by such a young girl"

    Selma Blair did a great job of narrating this heart-wrenching story. A must-read/listen. The story shows a unique perspective of the terrors of the time, the type of problems we can hardly imagine today. Anne's fate is such a shame, she really had a great gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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